Farm Sediment, Fertilizers Damaging Massive Coral Reef
December 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Karla Heusner Vernon, Associated Press

Fertilizer and sediment runoff from sugarcane, banana and pineapple plantations are threatening tourism by damaging a coral reef stretching along the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Forest Service Says No More Environmental Analysis of Forest Plans
December 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Long-term management plans for national forests will no longer go through a formal environmental impact statement, the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday.

Experts Mull Plan to Save Red Squirrel
December 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Ben McConville, Associated Press

Like U.S. GIs during World War II, they're "oversexed and over here." The gray squirrel -- introduced to Britain from the United States in the 19th century -- is now overrunning the countryside, out-breeding and out-eating its smaller British cousin, the red squirrel.

Fishing Businesses Decry Large Mine Proposed for Alaska
December 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

A large mine in the heart of some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the world is a fly fisherman's worst nightmare, says an official of a trade association.

Colombia Restarts Coca Fumigation Near Ecuador
December 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Luis Jaime Acosta, Reuters

Colombia Monday resumed spraying herbicides on illegal crops used to make cocaine along the country's border with Ecuador, a move opposed by Ecuador's incoming president.

SMS Can Tell You if Fish Is Endangered
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Celean Jacobson, Associated Press

South African diners whose environmentalism is as discerning as their palates now can turn to technology to help make the right menu choices.

Vast African Lake Levels Dropping Fast
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

At Jinja pier the rusty red hull of a Lake Victoria freighter sat barely afloat in water just six feet deep _ and dropping. "The scientists have to explain this," said ship's engineer Gabriel Maziku.

Scientists Marvel at Sea Life Miles Deep
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Peering deep into the sea, scientists are finding creatures more mysterious than many could have imagined. At one site, shrimp were living around a vent that was releasing water heated to 765 degrees Fahrenheit.

Punched, Beaten Hollywood Chimps Head for Sanctuary
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Three Hollywood chimpanzees, said to have been punched and beaten to make them perform, will spend the rest of their lives in an animal sanctuary in an cruelty lawsuit settlement, an animal rights group said Thursday.

Ebola Has Killed 5,000 Gorillas, Study Suggests
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

The Ebola virus may have killed more than 5,000 gorillas in West Africa -- enough to send them into extinction if people continue to hunt them, too, researchers said Thursday.

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